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NSU doubles up Lamar

Six Northwestern State players scored in double figures Six Northwestern State players scored in double figures

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BEAUMONT, Texas –  Six Northwestern State players scored in double figures, with senior forward DeQuan Hicks piling up a career-best 11 assists to go with 10 points, as the Demons erupted in the second half to put away Lamar 87-67 Saturday in Southland Conference basketball.

Winning for the seventh time in eight games, the Demons improved to 12-12 overall and 8-5 in the Southland. Northwestern shot 53 percent overall and outscored Lamar (3-22, 2-11) 48-24 in the paint.

Brison White and Zeek Woodley led NSU with 15 points. Gary Stewart scored 13 while junior college transfer Ryan King had a career high with his first double-figure output, 12 points. Hicks and Jalan West each scored 10.

West enhanced his NCAA top 10 rankings in assists, with seven, and steals, making three, while turning it over just once. But Hicks' 11 assists, six over his previous career high, were also one more than West has had in any game this season and gave Hicks his ninth double-double of the year.

A 25-8 run early after halftime blew the game open. Stewart drained three straight 3-pointers and King dumped in eight points to fuel the explosion. Up 42-41, the Demons scored nine unanswered and the Cardinals were never able to get closer than eight afterward. NSU's lead ranged between 11 and 21 points in the final 13 minutes, never under 16 in the last five minutes.

"On the fly, our guys made a really nice adjustment defensively in our zone, and we came up with a few steals and got some easy buckets," said NSU coach Mike McConathy. "That was an awesome stretch of pretty basketball, defending, passing, getting in transition and finishing."

Northwestern trailed much of the first half but recovered from a 27-20 deficit with a 10-2 run, and led 39-37 at halftime.

"Lamar was defending, playing hard, making great cuts, and the first half was such a struggle. We weren't as ready to go as necessary but Lamar did a very nice job taking it to us. I'm so pleased with the way we pulled together and played unselfishly, aggressively, and smart to get it in hand after halftime," said McConathy.

The Demons used smothering defense that cooled off a hot-shooting Lamar team. The Cardinals made 53 percent Thursday night in a hard-fought 78-69 loss to league-leading Stephen F. Austin, and sank 12 of their first 20 shots against NSU. They were able to make only 12 of their last 43 shots and fizzled to 38 percent, becoming the sixth foe in the last eight games to shoot no better than 40 percent facing the Demons.

NSU also won the rebounding battle, 42-37, for the fifth time in six games. King, Hicks and West each had six. The Demons, who had 10 turnovers at halftime, lost it only three times afterward.

It was the second of a month-long stretch of five consecutive road games for Northwestern, which plays at SFA next Saturday night and won't be home again until March 6.

BEAUMONT, Texas – The Northwestern State women's basketball team picked up a big 67-60 win over Lamar Saturday on the backs of 17 points from Turdy Armstead and Keisha Lee and 48 percent shooting from the Lady Demons in Southland Conference action at the Montagne Center.

Armstead was 5-of-9 and Lee was 5-of-13 from the field, and both were 7-of-8 from the free throw line in a game that NSU (14-11, 7-6 SLC) led every second.  Kourtney Pennywell had 12 points and led the way with nine rebounds.

Lamar, who entered the game in a two-way tie for first place, fell to 14-10 overall and 9-4 in Southland Conference play.  The win snapped a 10-game losing streak to Lamar. NSU entered the game in a three-way tie for seventh place.

"I'm just so proud of these kids," said an emotional co-head coach Brooke Stoehr. "They showed some toughness and grit and I am really, really proud of them."

NSU led by seven points with 8:15 to play in the game, and Lamar put together a 9-2 run that tied the game at 55 with 5:35 to play in the game. Armstead finished down the stretch with eight points, one block and one steal. Both Pennywell and Lee finished the stretch with two points apiece.

"That's one of the things I love about this team.  Sometimes they are so quick to forget things whether bad or good," said Stoehr.  "They tied it up and we could have easily folded and we come down and answered."

After the Lady Cardinals tied the game, the Lady Demons missed a shot and set up for a charge on the other end to force a turnover.  Armstead scored a layup on the ensuing possession.

"There were a lot of times when we could've fouled and they fought through," said the second-year coach. 

Northwestern State finished the game 21-of-44 from the field and only 2-of-16 from behind the 3-point line. Its defense held Lamar to 38 percent (24-63) from the field and 5-of-24 from long range.

Both teams struggled to hold on to the ball with 21 turnovers from Northwestern State and 20 by Lamar.  The Lady Demons were able to gain 30 points off of turnovers, four more than the Lady Cardinals.

LU out rebounded NSU 37-35 and scored 15 second-chance points on 17 offensive rebounds.  Northwestern State had 10 offensive boards.

Presley Owens had nine points, Janelle Perez had five, Emily Spector had four, and Chelsea Rogers had three on a 3-pointer.  Armstead had six rebounds and Owens, Rogers, and Meredith Graf had five boards.

Dominique Edwards and Shauna Long led LU in points with 15 apiece.  Gia Ayers, who fouled out with 25 seconds left, had 13.  Edwards had a double-double with 13 rebounds and Alice Robinson had 11 boards.

Northwestern State has Thursday night off and return to the floor for a 4 o'clock tip at Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.


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